Al Riggs and Lauren Francis – Bile and Bone

For a particularly introspective dose of smooth ear candy, look no further than Al Riggs and Lauren Francis’ Bile and Bone.

Recorded over the course of two years, this record finds Riggs and Francis blending together elements of confessional folk rock, baroque pop and ambient atmospheres. This unique stew of sounds and styles breathes life into Riggs’ lyrics, which deal with everything from relationships to werewolves and queer politics.

The majority of the album gleams with an icy chill, with every instrument bouncing slightly with a little echo. Yet the record occasionally expands its sonic horizons, like with the roughly textured lo-fi bedroom pop of “Livalon” or the densely layered and very Bryter Layter-esque “Dying Bedmaker Variations.”

Despite being an absolute kaleidoscope of different musical flavors, the record is consistent with its pure accessibility. Every track is laden with catchy hooks, pleasing vocals and charming melodies.

If your music collection contains albums by the likes of Judee Sill, Will Oldham and David Bowie, then Bile and Bone belongs in your stash, too.

You can preorder this record on tape and CD (with zine!) right here ahead of its September 18th release.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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